Billy Joe Saunders warns Canelo Alvarez he will ‘bring heart and soul’ to their super-middleweight showdown

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Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to “bring heart and soul” to Canelo Alvarez ahead of their super-middleweight showdown in Dallas on Saturday.

Alvarez, the WBC and WBA champion, is widely-regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet but Saunders has questioned the will to win of his recent opponents.

WBO champion Saunders is a slick and elusive counter-punching southpaw and says Alvarez has not faced anyone like him in a long time.

“There’s no other reasons for me to be here apart from to win,” Saunders said at the pre-fight press conference.

“Not about fame or anything else, I’m here to win. I don’t think we’ve had somebody come to win for a very long time.

“We’ve had a lot of people turn up, collect cheques and fly out but we haven’t had the heart, soul and IQ that I’ll bring to the ring on Saturday night to win.

“I can’t talk what he’s done down, he’s done brilliant things for boxing. He’s a good champion but there’s a time in life where you get tested, sometimes when you forget where you’ve come from, and forget all those hard things, that’s brought you to where you’re at.

“Sometimes that can make it difficult on yourself. I think he’s going to be bumping into the wrong man Saturday night to be going home with titles. I’m looking forward to a very good fight but most definitely the win.”

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